Heritage Park, Calgary, Canada
Recently I visited Heritage Park in Calgary, Canada and had a great time learning about how life was back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
The sheer number of exhibits at Heritage Park Historical Village makes it Canada’s largest living history museum and it is also one of Calgary’s most visited tourist attractions.
The park is branded as a living history museum since it features a village that was recreated to appear as it might have in late 19th and early 20th century Alberta.
Many of the buildings are historical and were transported to the park to be placed on display. Others are re-creations of actual buildings.
Most of the structures are furnished and decorated with genuine artifacts. Staff dress in historic costume, and antique automobiles and horse-drawn vehicles service the site. [Source: Wikipedia]
There are four distinct areas within Heritage Park and they all reflect different eras of Western Canada’s history. The four different areas are: The Hudson Bay Fur Trading Fort circa 1864; the Pre-Railway Settlement Village circa 1880; the Railway Prairie Town circa 1910; and Heritage Town Square circa 1930 to 1950’s.
The park has a working steam locomotive and train that can take people around the park, a streetcar from Calgary’s former streetcar system, a recreation of a paddle steamer called S.S. Moyie that goes up and down the Glenmore Reserve, an aboriginal encampment, working blacksmith, bakery, hotel, restaurant and shops among many other attractions.
The fact is that this 127-acres of parkland has over 200 exhibits and attractions and whether you are a history buff or are just looking for some fun there is tons of stuff to do and see here.
The people here who reenact life in the historical village make history come a live with all the interactive exhibits, historic buildings and working antiques for you to see, touch and learn about.
You can watch this brief video and see an overview of this wonderful historical park for yourself: